Oakland Technical High School
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|Oakland Technical High School|
Front entrance to Oakland Technical High School
Oakland, California 94611
|School district||Oakland USD|
|Color(s)||Purple and gold|
|Athletics conference||CIF Oakland Section|
|Mascot||Bobo the Bulldog|
|Nickname||Tech, Oakland Tech|
|Yearbook||The Scribe Annual|
Oakland Technical High School, known locally as Oakland Tech or simply "Tech", is a public high school in Oakland, California, United States, and is operated under the jurisdiction of the Oakland Unified School District. It is one of six comprehensive public high school campuses in Oakland. Oakland Tech's attendance jurisdiction includes several neighborhoods, including Oakland Chinatown, Rockridge, North Oakland, and Temescal.
Tech received the maximum 6-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2009.
Oakland Tech's main building was built in 1914 and resembles the main science building of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the 1970s, when many California schools were being demolished and rebuilt for earthquake safety, Tech's main building was determined to be too historic to tear down. Instead, it was gutted and rebuilt on the inside, while its historic exterior was preserved. The school was declared the 99th  historic landmark by the city of Oakland on July 23, 1985.
While Tech was closed for earthquake retrofitting in the 1970s, the school was displaced to 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (formerly Grove Street). This location is sometimes erroneously referred to "Old Tech" but was actually the campus of the now defunct University High School (1923-1948). That campus had then served as Merritt College from 1954 to 1966 and is considered the birthplace of the Black Panthers.
In 1977 a group of students from a U.S. Government class at Tech launched a drive to create a California state holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.. The idea was not new - about a dozen states already had such holidays, and it had been proposed unsuccessfully at the national level - but it was still controversial. The students formed themselves into a group called "The Apollos" and lobbied for the holiday for four years; it was finally passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in 1981. In 2008 two students at other Oakland high schools heard about the Apollos and made an award-winning short documentary film about their successful quest.
Students at Oakland Technical High School have the option of enrolling in one of the school's academies, which operate as small subsets of the school. Students take one class within their academies, and spend the rest of the day in normal classes.
Paideia is an advanced History and English program. In the sophomore year, students have the option to take English 2 Paideia and World Cultures. In 11th grade, students, based on their grades, have the option to enroll in AP or HP English and US History. In 12th grade, students who are recommended, may take the advanced senior block, consisting of AP Government, AP Literature, and HP Comparative Government, in which they analyze works of art and compare them to the government. In senior year, students, according to grades, are also be able to take AP Government and AP English 4.
The Engineering Academy focuses on mechanical engineering. Starting in 10th grade, the students in this academy study engineering, physics (focused on mechanics), drafting, etc. Students can be jointly enrolled in the Paideia and the Engineering programs.
After being sued for refusing to do so, the Oakland Unified School District mandates that every school publish a public record of their standing on a variety of standardized tests and other quantitative analyses.
|California Standard Tests Scores, proficiency rate |
- Merrill Kenneth Albert, Class of 1940 - author and trial lawyer
- Steven F. Arnold, Class of 1961 - filmmaker, photographer, painter, illustrator, set and costume designer, and assemblage artist
- Pervis Atkins, Class of 1953 - NFL football player, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders; actor, The Longest Yard
- Frank Shozo Baba, Class of 1933 - Japanese American Nisei who made radio broadcasts during World War II in the United States and in post-war Japan
- Stephen Bechtel, Class of 1918 - engineer, president, CEO of Bechtel Corporation, 1933-1960
- Bernice Bing, Class of 1955 - artist, activist
- Linc Blakely, Class of 1931 - Major League Baseball player, Cincinnati Reds
- Esther Baum Born, Class of 1920 - architectural photographer, author
- Antonia Brico (born Wilhelmina Wolthius), Class of 1919 - classical pianist, first woman conductor of the New York Philharmonic
- John Brodie, Class of 1953 - NFL player, San Francisco 49ers, professional golfer, Senior PGA tour
- Gabriel Carroll, Class of 2001 - award-winning mathematician, Stanford Economics professor
- Bruce Cunningham, Class of 1923 - Major League Baseball player, Boston Braves
- Jack Delinger, Class of 1946 - professional bodybuilder, 1949 AAU Mr. America and the 1956 Mr. Universe
- Ron Dellums, Class of 1953 - former U.S. Congressman, former mayor of Oakland
- Alfred Delucchi, Class of 1949 - Superior Court Judge
- Bernie DeViveiros, Class of 1920 - Major League Baseball player, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers
- Taylor Douthit, Class of 1919 - Major League Baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds
- Sue Draheim, Class of 1967 - internationally recognized fiddler
- Rockmond Dunbar, Class of 1991 - film and television actor, Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist, Soul Food
- Clint Eastwood, Class of 1949 - film actor, producer, Academy Award-winning director, former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- Lloyd Noel Ferguson, Class of 1934 - chemist, university professor, first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley
- Curt Flood, Class of 1956 - Major League Baseball player, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Senators known for challenging the Reserve clause
- Len Gabrielson, Class of 1933 - Major League Baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies
- Len Gabrielson, Class of 1957 - Major League Baseball player, Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Joe Gaines, Class of 1955 - Major League Baseball player, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros
- John Gillespie, Class of 1920 - Major League Baseball player, Cincinnati Reds
- Alexis Gray-Lawson, Class of 2005 - Professional basketball player, Phoenix Mercury
- Bob Greenwood, Class of 1946 - Major League Baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies
- Bud Hafey, Class of 1929 - Major League Baseball player, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies
- Tom Hafey, Class of 1931 - Major League Baseball player, New York Giants, St. Louis Browns
- Bernie Hamilton, Class of 1946 - actor, Starsky and Hutch
- Jack Hayford, Class of 1952 - minister, chancellor, songwriter
- Rickey Henderson, Class of 1976 - Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player (inducted 2009), member of eight teams
- Proverb Jacobs, Class of 1954 - NFL football player, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants
- Josh Johnson, Class of 2004 - quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Rodney Joseph Johnson - Houston police officer
- Louise Jorgensen, Class of 1916 - ballerina and choreographer; director/producer of the Oakland Christmas Pageant (1919-1987)
- Thomas Kraabel, Class of 1952 - Biblical archaeologist
- Ted Lange, Class of 1966 - director, screenwriter, actor in The Love Boat, That's My Mama
- Cookie Lavagetto, Class of 1931 - Major League Baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Manager, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins
- Don Lofgran, Class of 1946 - professional basketball player
- Terrell Lowery, Class of 1988 - college basketball player, Major League Baseball player
- Marshawn Lynch, Class of 2004 - former NFL All-Pro running back for the Seattle Seahawks
- Tony Martin, Class of 1930 - actor, singer, entertainer
- Bill McKalip, Class of 1926 - college All-American football player, NFL player, Portsmouth Spartans / Detroit Lions
- Rod McKuen, Class of 1951 - poet, musician, songwriter
- Joe Mellana, Class of 1922 - Major League Baseball player, Philadelphia Athletics
- Abbas Milani, Class of 1965 - historian, author, director of Iranian studies at Stanford University
- Mistah F.A.B. - rapper
- Huey P. Newton, Class of 1959 - co-founder of the Black Panther Party
- Ray Norton, Class of 1956 - Olympic sprinter (Rome, 1960), NFL football player, San Francisco 49ers
- Frank Oz, Class of 1962 - actor, director, puppeteer for Yoda in Star Wars series
- Nell Irvin Painter, Class of 1969 - American historian, professor at Princeton University
- Milman Parry, Class of 1919 - scholar of epic poetry, Homeric studies, professor at Harvard University
- Wolfe Perry, Class of 1974 - actor, college basketball player at Stanford University
- The Pointer Sisters (Ruth Class of 1963, Anita Class of 1965, Pat Class of 1968) - Grammy Award-winning R&B singing group
- Patricia Polacco, Class of 1962 - children's author
- Jim Pollard, Class of 1940 - NBA basketball player, Minneapolis Lakers
- Jay Porter, Class of 1950 - Major League Baseball player, St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, St. Louis Cardinals
- Leon Powe, Class of 2003 - NBA basketball player, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies
- Les Powers, Class of 1927 - Major League Baseball player, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies
- Roy Shivers, Class of 1959 - NFL player, St. Louis Cardinals, first African-American general manager of a professional football franchise, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Rick Shubb, Class of 1962 - musician, graphic artist, inventor of the Shubb Capo, popular guitar and banjo accessory
- Ted R. Smith, Class of 1925 - aircraft designer
- Jack Soo (Goro Suzuki), Class of 1934 - comedian, actor, Barney Miller
- Peter Stackpole, Class of 1931 - photographer
- Rehema Stephens, Class of 1987 - basketball player, Sacramento Monarchs
- Robert Webber, Class of 1941 - film and TV actor, 12 Angry Men
- George Wells, Class of 1965 - professional wrestler, Canadian Football League player
- Arleigh Williams, Class of 1930 - college football, baseball player, University of California, Berkeley administrator
- Yukmouth - rapper
Appearance in films
Tech was featured in the 1987 film The Principal. It was filmed at what is locally referred to as "Old Tech", located at 5700 Martin Luther King Way (formerly 5700 Grove Street, site of the old University High School, which is now a part of the campus of Children's Hospital Oakland.
In 1993, Tech, at its current location, was featured in the movie Made in America.
- School website announcement
- Oakland California Landmarks
- Oakland Landmarks (pdf) Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Berton, Justin (July 16, 2008). "Student film tells of drive for King holiday". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- Oakland Technical High School - Paideia Program Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Channel 5 news, August 13, 2007
- Rowell, Margaret. "Master teacher of cellists, and humble student of nature : oral history transcript / and related material, 1982-1984". Archive.org. pp. 85–86. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "The Brico Requiem". Westword. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "Wilhelmina Wolthius Class of 1919". School Historical Archive. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "Jack Hayford, Class of 1952". School Historical Archive. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Drooz, Alan (March 21, 1990). "These Two Teams Have Guards Up : Loyola Marymount: Terrell Lowery, the Lions' sixth man, has taken over the role of a team leader.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 February 2016.